Dear Costume Department: ‘The Iron Lady’


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God knows the hair-and-makeup peeps have their work cut out for them in helping Meryl Streep achieve that coiffed Margaret Thatcher ‘do, but the clothes are equally key here. Though her directives might have been aggressively conservative, the prime minister, the daughter of a dressmaker, had a certain exuberant personal style that Hillary Clinton would kill for. There were the pearls, the colors, the prints — well, see below.

Wardrobe staple: the royal-blue suit. This ultra-classic Alex & Eli blazer would stand out — but not look utterly insane — at 10 Downing Street.

The Baroness was into the patterns, and this Corey Lynn Calter houndstooth skirt is not so loud that it would scare the foreign dignitaries.

Direct (trailer) quote: “I may be persuaded to surrender the hat. The pearls, however, are absolutely non-negotiable.” So don’t even think about messing with this Kenneth Jay Lane strand, you got that?

This By Malene Birger shirt has one of Thatcher’s favorite sartorial features: the pussybow. Yes, what a terrible British name for the tie at the top of a shirt.

These Marais USA loafers are so sensible that even Reagan could get behind them.

Denis Thatcher might have gifted something like these flashy but still polished Dannijo earrings. They’re good for those weekly meetings with Queen Elizabeth II.